Former President Donald Trump is accused of “racism” and xenophobia after giving an interview in which he said migrants were “poisoning the blood of our country.”
Trump included this line in a video interview in which he repeated previous claims about illegal immigrants and accused them of bringing diseases into the country.
‘No one has ever seen anything like what we are experiencing now. It’s a very sad thing for our country,” Trump said in an interview with The National Pulse, a right-wing website.
“It poisons the blood of our country. It’s so bad, and people are coming in with diseases. People come in with everything you can possibly have,” he said.
Former President Donald Trump is condemned for saying migrants are ‘poisoning the blood of our country’
‘No one has any idea where these people come from. We know they come from prisons. We know they come from psychiatric institutions. You know, they’re terrorists,” Trump said during the interview, speaking about the wave of migrants.
Trump’s wording drew a stern rebuke from the Andi-Defamation League, which pointed to similar language by mass shooters.
“Insinuating that immigrants are ‘poisoning the blood of our country’ reflects nativist talk and has the potential to cause real danger and violence.” We’ve seen this kind of toxic rhetoric lead to real-world violence before in places like Pittsburgh and El Paso. It should have no place in our politics, period,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
He called the language “racist, xenophobic and despicable.”
“And if someone has a big platform, he should be careful with his voice, but if you are the former president of the United States, you absolutely must recognize your responsibility, because this kind of rhetoric is explosive and must end completely. Stop,” Greenblatt said.
Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Trump’s comments “reflect nativist talking points”
Geraldo Rivera (l), a longtime friend of Trump, called the comments “hateful”
‘No one has any idea where these people come from. We know they come from prisons. We know they come from psychiatric institutions. You know, they’re terrorists,” Trump said during the interview, speaking about the wave of migrants
The Trump campaign called it “nonsensical outrage” and called it a “normal expression.”
Adolf Hitler used the concept of blood poisoning in Mein Kampf.
“All the great cultures of the past perished only because the original creative race became extinct from blood poisoning,” he wrote.
The interview was billed as a Trump interview that “the fake news doesn’t show you.”
Trump sparked outrage early in his 2016 campaign when he talked about Mexican “rapists” entering the country.
‘They bring crime. They’re rapists. And some, I suppose, are good people.” he said.
Illegal immigration has climbed to the top of the list of concerns among American voters, with more than 10,000 migrants on their way to the border every day, according to the Mexican president.
Amid the concerns, Trump’s rival, President Biden, is facing pressure to demonstrate he is working to stem the flow. This week, the administration revealed in a government release that it would resume construction on part of the border wall, but the White House said the action was required by a Trump-era law.
The Trump interviewshot at Mar-a-Lago, fell last week but has been gaining attention since.
Former Fox News host Geraldo Rivera, a friend of Trump who condemned his actions around January 6, condemned what he called the extremely hateful, Hitler-like quote.’ He called it ‘shocking’ and outrageous.’
“It’s shocking to think that this man was my friend, I’m so ashamed,” he said.
Trump spokesman Steven Cheung hit back at critics in a statement.
‘That’s a normal expression used in everyday life – in books, television, films and in news articles. “If anyone thinks this is racist or xenophobic, they are living in an alternate reality consumed by senseless outrage,” he said.